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November 28, 2014

The River Community Church
  

Thoughts From the Elders

Our Founding Fathers 

It may be a shock, but Thanksgiving was not created to honor the first meal between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. 

It was actually first inaugurated by George Washington shortly after the American Revolution and later eternalized by Abraham Lincoln for very different reasons.

Surprised?

Here are some questions we will answer on Sunday.

Why did Washington call for the first Day of Thanksgiving?

What was the purpose of making this one of our first national holidays?

What can we learn from two of the greatest Presidents in US history?

Finally,

What does any of this have to do with Jesus?

The short answer: EVERTHING!

For the full story:

Invite your friends and family to learn about the origins of this great American holiday and the God who inspired it!

see you then,

Joshua


Gather & Grow...River Community News

Women's Christmas Tea
Saturday December 6
7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Join us for the start of the Christmas holiday season!  We'll enjoy fellowship and Christmas delights together with special music.  Invite your friends to share in the fun.  Please sign up for the event in the foyer.  Instructions for the cookie exchange will be forthcoming.  If you have questions or want to sponsor a table as a hostess, please see Julie Jessop.

Prime Timers' Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 14th
11:45 am

Sign up at the Welcome Center at The River for the annual Prime Timers' Christmas Dinner event! For only $8, you will enjoy a catered turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Come enjoy the season with friends in the fellow

Directory Picture Prints

More directories have been printed and are available at the Welcome Center. There are also inserts with our missionary contact info for you who have already gotten yours. If you want to see it online, just go to the website under information and sign in where it says members/directory, resources, schedules. the directory is at the top of the list when you sign in. Questions? Call the office and Ann will help you. If you would like to order printed pictures, directions are below. You will be billed by her directly and can pick them up at The River. Andrea's phone is (319) 331-4611 if you don't want to order online or have questions.

Instructions for Viewing/Ordering:

Click on the link: http://andreamurphyphotography.shootproof.com/TheRiver

Once on this page you can View Gallery

In the gallery you can scroll to find your picture

Hover your mouse over the picture you should see a little star and shopping cart icon appear under the picture. 

Click on the shopping cart icon. 

This will allow you to choose what size print you want and how many.

Click "Add to Cart"

When you are ready to checkout you click on the Shopping Cart Icon in the Top Right Corner

On the next page click "Begin Checkout" (IGNORE the $7 shipping charge)

On the next page (Contact/Shipping Info) Please select "I want to pick it up" and fill out all of your information. 

Click "Review Order" and then Submit. 

I will contact you for payment (and will submit a PayPal invoice to those with email) 

Looking for Extra Sound Booth Help

Are you good around electronic equipment? Looking for a place to plug in? We are looking for someone who would be interested in volunteering in the soundbooth for events at church like concerts, funerals, etc. Many of these events pay a small fee also for your time. If this sounds like you, please contact the office and we'll fill you in on the details.


Go...Serving in the Name of Jesus

November Missions Focus: Neighborhood Outreach

Fall finds us busy with schedules of school, work and all kinds of other
activities. Our River family has many opportunities to fellowship with our neighbors, etc. So November is a good month to remember those who we met at Trunk or Treat, to make new friendships there and renew others we see more often. Through the Thanksgiving Dinner we do the same while serving a traditional meal for everyone to enjoy. Operation Christmas Child gives us the chance to reach those neighbors further away, around the US and across the globe. By sharing with our neighbors, we get to be a part of what God is doing in the world, some places we can’t go to as easily our close neighbors, and some we see everyday. Pray for a busy month, that it would be fun and fruitful!

Operation Christmas Child

Thanks to everyone who is packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! We'collected 79 shoeboxes at The River and the Iowa City area collected 1300, that's up from last year! Pray for the children and families that are exposed to the gospel through this opportunity. Pray for all of the logistics of getting through ports and customs and for the Greatest Journey discipleship program that is also offered to the children. Each shoebox reaches about six people so The River's boxes could influence 480 lives, pray God uses them for His glory!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a great success this year! thanks for your donations and for your service. We served many families in the area with a delicious holiday meal. Pray for continued relationships with some that we may have longer term contact with.

We encourage you to contact others serving elsewhere to say hello and let them know you are praying for them, they appreciate it. Prayer letters may also be picked up from the Resource Room at The River along with current info including River family prayer requests in "Prayer Matters". If you would like to be included on our Prayer Team, send us an email. We will send out requests, usually once a week for you to pray for. If you have a story of someone serving in Jesus' name, send it our way and we will pass it on!

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